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The Nature of Buddhist Ethics
     

The Nature of Buddhist Ethics

by Damien Keown
 

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In this book the author considers data from both early and later schools of Buddhism in an attempt to provide an overall characterization of the structure of Buddhist ethics. The importance of ethics in the Buddha's teachings is widely acknowledged, but the pursuit of ethical ideals has up to now been widely held to be secondary to the attainment of knowledge. Drawing

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In this book the author considers data from both early and later schools of Buddhism in an attempt to provide an overall characterization of the structure of Buddhist ethics. The importance of ethics in the Buddha's teachings is widely acknowledged, but the pursuit of ethical ideals has up to now been widely held to be secondary to the attainment of knowledge. Drawing on the Aristotelian tradition of ethics the author argues against this intellectualization of Buddhism and in favour of a new understanding of the tradition in terms of which ethics plays an absolutely central role. In the course of this reassessment many basic concepts such as karma, nirvana, and the Eightfold Path, are reviewed and presented in a fresh light. The book will be of interest to readers with a background in either Buddhist studies or comparative religious ethics.

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This is a paperbound reprint of a 1992 book about which Book News wrote: Keown (Indian religion, U. of London) argues against the prevailing view that in Buddhism, ethics takes second place to the attainment of knowledge. Drawing from both early and later schools of Buddhism, and from the Aristotelian tradition of ethics, he reviews such familiar concepts as karma, nirvana, and the Eightfold Path, from a new perspective. Of interest to readers with a background in Buddhism or in comparative religious ethics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780333913093
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date:
06/28/2001
Edition description:
1992
Pages:
269
Sales rank:
1,366,667
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Damien Keown is Reader in Buddhism in the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, University of London.

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